Departmental Team wins BCS Machine Intelligence Competition!


The Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments, headed by Prof Juan Carlos Augusto from the department of Computer Science, won the first prize in this year British Computer Society (BCS) Machine Intelligence Competition which took place at BCS Headquarters in London during the 4th of October. The Middlesex University team won by a big margin against other finalist entries from Imperial College, Manchester Metropolitan, Southampton Solent/Algobroz and the University of Lincoln.

The team gave a live demonstration transmitted from the Smart Spaces Lab, currently hosted in Mdx Farmhouse, showing real advances in ambient intelligence and context-aware intelligent support. This research particularly aims at supporting vulnerable people and their carers at home. The technology uses sensors and actuators in a home automation setup, supported by a sophisticated AI architecture that reasons by analysing sensor data and provides intelligent analysis and services based on context and personalisation in real time.

The team who presented the system during the competition consisted of: M. Ali, J. C. Augusto, O. Benes, J. G. Manuel Gimenez, G. Ogbuabor, Ch. Oguego, and M. Quinde. However the team of MDX colleagues who contributed to the system one way or another was much larger. The following colleagues contributed with technical advice: Jill Stewart (S.L. in Housing & Environmental Health), Mark Springett (S.L. in CS, Interaction Design Centre), Carl James-Reynolds (S.L. in CS) and Ralph Moseley (S.L. in CS).

And the team wishes to specially thank the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Science and Technology management for the sustained support, as well as technical support from our university infrastructure, without all of which this achievement would not have been possible.

The team photo shows (anti-clockwise from left to right): Chimezie Leonard Oguego (PhD student), Mark Springett (S.L. in CS, Interaction Design Centre), Murad Ali (PhD student), Godwin Okechukwu Ogbuabor (PhD student), Jose Gines (MRes student), Ondrej Benes (MRes student), Juan Augusto (Head of Research Group on Intelligent Environments and of Smart Spaces Lab) and Mario Jose Quinde (PhD student).

News Vacancies

Studentships offered as part of the Gamification to Increase Physical Activity project

The Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments is developing Gamification solutions supported by GLL and as part of that are offering three studentships suitable for UK/EU students.

These grants are for :

  •  Master by Research (one year, full time) on a Gamification app for people with Special Needs
  •  PhD (three years, full time) on improving strategies and producing Gamification technology to attract and retain more people into phsyical activities
  •  PhD (three years, full time) on improving visual resources and using them to benefit current and future Gamification technology

Funding: for the Master by Research project the grant covers only the study fees for UK/EU students. For the two PhD grants it covers the study fees for UK/EU students and a monthly stipend of £1,000 for living expenses.

Deadline to submit your application: Monday 10th of June at 1 PM.

Contact for enquiries: Professor Juan Carlos Augusto, Head of the Research Group


Women students attend BCS Lovelace Colloquium and win prize!

The Women in Computing group at Middlesex was founded in 2014. The purpose of this group is to bring together Middlesex-affiliated women who are studying or interested in Computing and to share common interests, concerns and ambitions. We have 58 members. We post events or interest and communicate via the following facebook group (closed group). Please feel free to join if you are interested.

One of our aims is to help undergraduate students participate in the BCS Lovelace Colloquium, which is an annual one day conference for women students of Computing. The colloquium provides a forum for undergraduate and masters students to discuss their own work in the form of a poster contest, with cash prizes provided by industry sponsors. Also, it provides a series of inspiring talks from women in computing in industry and academia and a chance for networking and obtaining career advice.

This year, the 12th annual BCS Lovelace Colloquium was held on the 17th April at the University of Salford, Manchester. We had 6 undergraduate students participating from Computer Science, one from the first year, three from the second and two from the third. The topics of the posters were varied, e.g. one showed how to build MIRTO robots using augmented reality, another discussed technologies that help disabled learners, while another explored how big data can save our planet. This year Kristen Rebello, a third year student, won the People’s Choice Award (where all attendees vote for their favourite posters) for her poster titled “Blank is the new exciting”. The poster is about Augmented Reality as an effective medium in poster presentations, business proposals and in-class lectures, to enhance the attention and experience of the audience on augmented reality.

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FroCoS and TABLEAUX coming to Middlesex in September


This year’s edition of two long-standing international conferences, FroCoS 2019 and TABLEAUX 2019, will take place at Middlesex University on September 2–6. They cover a broad range of theoretical and practical aspects pertaining to formal logic, proof systems, automated deduction and formal verification. Among others, they welcome contributions involving AI, machine learning and fuzzy logic. More information is given on the conferences’  websites.


10th anniversary for the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

A journal created and edited by one of our academic staff, Professor Juan Carlos Augusto, recently completed its 10th year of publication.

The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments was one of the first journals in the area and continues to exist as one of the four major publications in its area of specialisation.

The Preface to the 10th Anniversary Inaugural Issue can be accessed here. The full contents of the Anniversary Issue can be accessed here.

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Prof. Chris Huyck on “AI: The Rise of the Machines”

Prof. Chris Huyck will be a panelist for the debate on the rise of Artificial Intelligence and the impact robots and automation will have on have on jobs, society and the UK economy.

This event is organised by Parliament Street think tank. You can find more information at this link:

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Middlesex University has partnered with CipherTrace to help train digital forensic investigators

We are pleased to announce that Middlesex University now has partnered with CipherTrace to help train digital forensic investigators of the future in cryptocurrency intelligence techniques. The partnership will provide students, and CPD learners access to cutting-edge commercial blockchain forensic software as part of Middlesex Universities Undergraduate and Postgraduate Digital Forensic programmes. This is the first such educational partnership for CipherTrace, which enables university students, digital forensic investigators and financial investigators to apply blockchain forensics analysis on case studies provided by CipherTrace. Furthermore, opportunities for internships with CipherTrace will provide students with a real-world career path, investigation experience for enhancing employability skills and vendor certified training will be made available at Middlesex University.

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Partnership on gamification for healthier lifestyles

A new technical collaboration has been established between the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments at Middlesex University London and GLL, a non-profit charitable Social Enterprise organization which runs over 250 sport and leisure facilities and libraries in the UK. Click here for additional details.


New research published in Nature Scientific Reports

New research on 3D RNA folding in the context of gene editing (using CRISPR/Cas9) has been published by Professor Andreas Albrecht in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group): CRISPR/Cas9 editing reveals novel mechanisms of clustered microRNA regulation and function.

The following are examples of 3D RNA structures from the paper:

Movie 1 – Mutant Structure Mut 1

Movie 2 – WT Structure

Movie 3 – Mutant Structure Mut 5


News Vacancies

Two positions available on recently awarded EU projects

The department has two research positions available:

  1. Research Assistant on the EU project SUCCESS: (deadline 03/08/2017). Please contact Florian Kammueller for more information.
  2. Research Fellow on the EU project DREAMS4CARS: (deadline 20/08/2017). Please contact David Windridge for more information.